SCC to hear case re ethics and religion case (Quebec)

Supreme Court to hear case over Quebec’s controversial ethics and religion class

Ottawa, The Canadian Press, Published Thursday, Oct. 21, 2010 3:59PM EDT, Last updated Thursday, Oct. 21, 2010 4:05PM EDT

Canada’s highest court has decided it will hear from Quebec parents who want the right to keep their children out of the classroom during a mandatory course on ethics and religion.

The Supreme Court of Canada said Thursday it will hear arguments on a contentious issue — whether students are eligible for exemption from compulsory studies based on freedom of religion. For more, click here.

Lobbying blitz helps kill mining ethics bill

BILL CURRY Ottawa— From Thursday’s Globe and Mail,  Published Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2010 7:22PM EDT,  Last updated Thursday, Oct. 28, 2010 1:58PM ED

The House of Commons has defeated Liberal legislation aimed at encouraging Canadian mining firms to act ethically abroad after a fierce lobbying battle that pitted the industry against its international and domestic critics.

Human rights and environmental advocates had argued that the bill would help prevent corporate abuses abroad and recounted accusations of rape, corruption and violence against the industry during parliamentary hearings. For more, click here.